One of the most recognizable and influential models, Naomi Campbell, is still in high-demand regardless of the fact that she turned 47 yesterday. There is something more than the unique beauty and mile-long toned legs that keep Naomi at the top. Namely, her big heart and charitable efforts. Campbell founded the Fashion for Relief Charity Show 12 years ago to support great humanitarian causes with the help of her influence in the fashion industry. So far she has been supporting people after major disasters such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the fight against Ebola and many other threatening situations.
This year’s Fashion for Relief show was focused on raising money and awareness for the children around the world who have been affected by the horrible conflict in Syria and other children who are in need of shelter, medical treatment, and food. She teamed up with the charitable organization Save the Children to provide relief to all the affected children around the globe.
“A disaster can strike at any time anywhere in the world, and often when it does, children are the worst affected,” Naomi stated. “Some of these events make the news but others they don’t. It’s a privilege to be able to work with Save The Children to raise the funds for children who most desperately need access to life-saving help.”
The show was bouncing from one location to another throughout the years and this year the top model strategically chose Cannes. This is not the first time for Naomi to host the show in the city of the glamorous Film Festival. Just a day before her 47th birthday, Naomi hosted The Fashion for Relief 2017 Show. The event took place in a hangar at the Mandelieu private jet charter airport in Cannes. Helicopters and planes could be seen over the runway as models were walking.
The Cannes Film Festival’s fashion is always strong, but Naomi brought a fashion beyond the red carpet with her show. The Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova opened the show. She was followed by some of the biggest names in the fashion industry such as Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Heidi Klum, Jourdan Dunn and Natasha Poly who were gracefully walking on the runway wearing designs from established haute couture fashion houses and designers. Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Azzedine Alaïa were just a few of the many designers who donated their creations for the event in order to raise funds for Save the Children.
The audience was unlike any other. Naomi had the power to gather not only designers and trendsetters but world-known actors and singers, as well as royal family members. Donatella Versace, Leonardo Di Caprio, Renzo Rosso, Uma Thurman, Dean and Dan Caten, Peter Dundas were among the A-listers who attended the show. The beautiful Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Sarah Ferguson, and Princess Beatrice were the honored royal family members who came to attend the show straight from Pippa Middleton’s wedding. Naomi’s close relationship with the royal family was proven when the model and Queen Rania were spotted holding hands at the show. Lottie Moss, the gorgeous younger sister of Kate Moss, was also seen at the Fashion for Relief event in Cannes.
One moment to remember was the appearance of the famous actor Antonio Banderas. Antonio channeled his inner matador on the runway, maneuvering with his suit like a true bullfighter.
The fashion show was followed by a gala dinner and a silent auction that was held to raise funds for the Save the Children organization. Some of the unique items available for purchase at the auction were portraits of Campbell by Ellen von Unwerth, Jean-Paul Goude, Herb Ritts and Richard Prince. Also, there was a giant portrait of Kate Moss made by the unbeatable Mario Testino in Cannes in 2001.
Speaking of fashion items, guests could buy luxury jewelry pieces by established designers such as Chopard, Bulgari, and Lorraine Schwartz.
For the art collectors, there was a range of items and artworks such as fifties wood and wicker office chair by Pierre Jeanneret, a handmade chair by Marni, a woodcut print with oil paint by the great Marc Quinn and a wall sculpture by Arne Quinze.